Black Keys Bob Stevenson, master of the saloon piano, plays 30 original works he composed for this instrument. Performed on a vintage Gulbransen saloon piano, these pieces range from those possessing a Wild West saloon flavor to others reminiscent of classical music piano works. Most of the pieces were composed and performed from 2004-2007; state-of-the-art recording equipment was used here, producing an outstanding sound quality. The other works date from 1970-1971, early in Black Keys Bob's career; a reel-to-reel tape recorder captured these latter pieces, imparting on them a more rounded, other-worldly sound.
July 21, 2011 Subject:
This is really beutifle piano music. My Mom says it reminds her of one of thoughs old timey saloon movies (go figure - title is saloon piano music). It really is relaxing, all 30 works.
September 20, 2010 Subject:
Saloon Piano Music is wonderful!
Until hearing these 30 extremely enjoyable and interesting piano pieces composed and performed by Black Keys Bob Stevenson, I never knew that a saloon piano could sound so fantastic. In virtually every piece Black Keys Bob creates a remarkable crystalline, echoey effect. He accomplishes this in 2 very technically difficult ways: firstly, by employing a largely-forgotten pedalling technique originally developed by Beethoven and Czerny, founders of the "progressive" school of piano-playing; and secondly, by frequently striking the notes in a rapid full-octave tremolo manner. The pieces, invariably melodic, generally moderate in pace, and sometimes rhythmically unique, make for easy, if not often emotionally uplifting, listening. In addition, the expressive and imaginative performance of them is top-notch. I therefore give these saloon piano pieces my highest recommendation, and you will definitely want to listen to them more than once.
-- Professor Gerald Kuhn